Ocean Sand, Bahamas

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    NASA image acquired January 17, 2001

    Though the above image may resemble a new age painting straight out of an art gallery in Venice Beach, California, it is in fact a satellite image of the sands and seaweed in the Bahamas. The image was taken by the Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus (ETM+) instrument aboard the Landsat 7 satellite. Tides and ocean currents in the Bahamas sculpted the sand and seaweed beds into these multicolored, fluted patterns in much the same way that winds sculpted the vast sand dunes in the Sahara Desert.

    Image courtesy Serge Andrefouet, University of South Florida

    Instrument: Landsat 7 - ETM+

    Credit: NASA/GSFC/Landsat

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center enables NASA’s mission through four scientific endeavors: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Solar System Exploration, and Astrophysics. Goddard plays a leading role in NASA’s accomplishments by contributing compelling scientific knowledge to advance the Agency’s mission.

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    Fotosconlosojos, thx for being here, and 157 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Fotosconlosojos 98 months ago | reply


    2. subarcticmike 98 months ago | reply

      this would shame a peacock...

      well done serge and thank you for sharing!

    3. Chip_n_thePNW 98 months ago | reply

      The "Art" of science ! ! ! ... VERY interesting ! ! !

    4. dodagp 98 months ago | reply

      No comments.
      Any words would belittle Nature's Artistic Power...

    5. thepretenda 98 months ago | reply

      astounding blue hues

    6. hellen.888 97 months ago | reply

      Wow ! Fantastic !

    7. colorblindxs2 97 months ago | reply

      Refreshing and Breathtaking!

    8. Danilo Leal 97 months ago | reply

      nossa, que lindo!!
      isso é arte!!

    9. fierce mist [deleted] 97 months ago | reply


    10. ARK11 96 months ago | reply

      Interesting pattern

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